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CBLDF Defends The Hate U Give and All American Boys

July 3, 2018
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CBLDF Defends The Hate U Give and All American Boys

CBLDF joins with other members of Kids’ Right to Read Project sent a letter defending students First Amendment rights to Wando High School administrators in support of the two books challenged by parents, community members, and the Fraternal Order of Police. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and All American Boys were singled out by…

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South Carolina Police Challenge Summer Reading Titles

June 28, 2018
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South Carolina Police Challenge Summer Reading Titles

Community members, cops, and parents in one South Carolina school district are all pushing back against two summer reading books they believe propagate anti-police feelings. The books, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, were on a list of four titles for students taking an…

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Publix Censors “Cum” on Cake

May 23, 2018
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Publix Censors “Cum” on Cake

A South Carolina mom just wanted a nice cake to commemorate her son graduating Summa Cum* Laude, a Latin phrase that translates to “with highest distinction” and is ubiquitously used to mean an exceptionally high grade point average. Unfortunately for her, Publix, a regional grocery chain, doesn’t speak Latin or follow special instructions. Cara Koscinski…

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College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

May 19, 2017
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College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

We may be biased (we’re biased), but it is difficult to see how the increased use of comics in higher education could be a bad thing. Starting with Art Spiegelman’s Maus over thirty years ago, educators at all levels have discovered the unique benefits of graphic literature in the classroom. Today entire courses built around…

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South Carolina Education Standards on Islam Under Attack

February 24, 2017
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South Carolina Education Standards on Islam Under Attack

People in Texas and Oklahoma seem to be leading an online attack against social studies education standards that call for instruction about Islam. The problem? Those standards are for schools in South Carolina. The South Carolina Grade-Level Standards for Social Studies were passed in 2011, but they only recently came under fire after a parent…

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Charleston Principal Removes Some Girls Are from Summer Reading List

July 29, 2015
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Charleston Principal Removes Some Girls Are from Summer Reading List

Based on a complaint from one parent, the principal of West Ashley High School in Charleston, South Carolina has removed Courtney Summers’ novel Some Girls Are as an option on a summer reading list for freshman Honors English. Although Charleston County School District’s challenge policy says that the school board should make the final decision…

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Fun Home Continues Winning Streak With Five Tony Awards

June 9, 2015
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Fun Home Continues Winning Streak With Five Tony Awards

The Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home won five Tony Awards including Best Musical on Sunday night, continuing a string of successes that contradict the opposition the book has met in some quarters such as the South Carolina legislature. Last year, some South Carolina lawmakers proposed punitive budget cuts against the…

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Censorship is Great Publicity for Fun Home and Many More

December 18, 2014
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Six months after South Carolina lawmakers finally reached a sort-of-compromise following a protracted debate over the use of LGBT-themed books in summer reading programs at state colleges, one Charleston-area writer looked back last week to reflect on a bright spot in the debacle. As so often happens with any challenge or ban, Charleston City Paper…

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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

April 7, 2014
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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

We’re still waiting to find out how the South Carolina Senate will handle the House-approved budget which cuts funds from two public colleges for using LGBT-themed books, including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, in freshman reading programs. In the meantime, we came across a College of Charleston student’s account of her attempt to defend the book…

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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

March 21, 2014
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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

In light of the unprecedented and vindictive budget cut currently making its way through the South Carolina legislature as punishment for the College of Charleston encouraging (but not requiring) students to read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, we thought we’d share a quick refresher on the other challenges the award-winning graphic novel has faced over the…

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